As briefly mentioned during another coffee post, Denmark still holds the record of having the most World Barista Champions counting at four and in between has trained many more podium and top 6 finishers. Overall the Scandinavian countries have been instrumental in redefining the meaning of Coffee over the past decade. Coffee Collective is one of the earliest pioneers in leading Nordic coffee roasting style movement which coincided with the 3rd Wave Coffee scene, part of this reason can be attributed to their world champion founders such as 2006 WBC Winner Klaus Thomsen and 2008 World Cup Tasting Champion Casper Engel. This review is a culmination of our 3 visits over 2 of their Café outlets.
Ethiopian Jimma (Aeropress) -
This was fairly bright with a ripe lemon tea note, quite soothing. I didn’t find this spectacular but it was definitely one of the best Jimmas I have drank, as some cups I have tried were relatively muted as yet from here. ~ 7/10
Kenya Kieni (Espresso, LM GB-5) -
You might notice I actually drank this 3 times at 2 outlets, I just wanted to test The Coffee Colletive’s consistency for self discovery. This carried a sparkling, winey acidity with a strong berries note and then a milk chocolate finish within a short time, it was very very well balanced and well layered. The acid to me was planningly structured, and apparently this sort of sourness level will easily freak out a few people already as a hindsight according to others… I like it a lot but it wasn’t the best espresso I’ve had during last year but close enough. ~ 8/10
The 2nd Branch is Seemingly Bigger,
And they are carrying more Equipment installed. I guess they couldn’t care less unless when totally necessary. I totally respect their philosophy towards coffee. Let’s improve but yawn who really cares either. It is all about striking that middle balance to us and be all relaxed yay!
Hacienda La Esmeralda Special (Espro Brewed) – DKK 65
The 2012 Esmeralda prices went thru the roof due to aggressive auction biddings. I have heard stories that this is over-rated and whatnot, but this cup was definitely worth my every penny! Suggested to be made using an Espro Brew rather than Hand Dripped to extract more sweetness and flavouring depth, the last time I did a cross-comparison with an Esmeralda was testing between a Chemex Drip vs Aeropress and the Aeropress won that battle. This had the signature and intense Geisha profile and it literally flooded your nostrils and it had very clean layering depths, with mid-bodied sweet pollen, strawberries and a long lingering finish with a hint of grapefruit. It was quite soothing. I have no idea why I hear people say that this Panama Geisha is not worth the price tag and there are other similar beans to be had – to me this was still amazing and unique, even if not the best Esmeralda Geisha I have drank. I wish I could have access to this everyday but I don’t care anymore nowadays. Give me something lor ~ 9/10
Kenya Kieni (V60 Hand Drip) -
This was balanced but wasn’t a stand out. The two Espressi Cups of the same Kieni Single Origin beans were definitely extracting more flavours from this bean as Espressi this time compared to Hand Drip. It isn’t definitive either. Case by Case situation la… ~ 6.5/10
Kenya Kieni (Espresso, LM GB-5)
Trying once again the espresso but at their other outlet. Taste profile was almost identical but this was slightly more fizzy sour upfront and lemony, but also carrying more complexity. ~ 9/10
House Blend Cappuccino -
With 50% Brazil Daterra, Guatemala Vista Hermosa, Kenyan Kieni and Ethiopian Yukro making up the rest. This was more fruitier than I envisaged even adding in the textured milk. The base espresso blend interestingly managed to punch through the milk without any usual toastiness or earthiness to overcome that psychological wall, as one could still taste a marmalade pie thru the milk. Enjoyable if u like mild, yet well layered milk drinks. ~ 8/10
Price: DKK 20 – DKK 65 Per Person.
Ease of Access: 4/5 (5 Mins from Nørreport Station)
Coffee: ♕♕♕♕ 1/2 to ♕♕♕♕♕♕
Mon to Fri - 7.30 to 19.00pm
Sat - 9.00am to 18.00pm
Sun - 10.00am to 18.00pm
Address (1): Jægersborggade 10, 2200 København, Denmark. +45 60 15 15 25
Address (2): Vendersgade 6D, 1363 København, Denmark. +45 60 15 15 25